Mom looked at a variety of lighting stores, shopped in magazines, and even brought a few to the cabin to try them out. She just could not find the perfect light. She wanted something that had a "cabin feel" minus the typical antler/forest animal theme. She wanted something rustic, yet classic. And then it hit them... (cue the Days of our Lives theme song). Well... it hit one of them... Mom says that it was her idea, and Dad claims that he was the genius behind this one. Wouldn't it be cool to drill a hole in the bottom of a colander, connect it to a light kit, and hang it over the sink? Genius. It doesn't matter whose idea it was.
For Mom and Dad's kitchen, they found an old colander in the basement that had the perfect combination of cream and brown to match the cabinets. For our D and D project, we went a little colander crazy and bought the following colanders (new and old) at a variety of stores.
We started with the cute blue one in the front. We used a Sharpie to trace the size of the bulb connector from the light kit.
Thanks for the demo, Dad! Then
we Dad used a drill to cut the metal. (He always gets to use the fun power tools!)
Then he and Mr. Dump used a file (not a nail file - this one is for metal) to make a perfect circle for the connector. If you are trying this at home, be VERY careful! The edges are extremely sharp.
I spent most of my time watching and cheering them on! (Please ignore the messy hair and no makeup... At least I showered that morning!)
When the hole was the perfect size, we attached it to the light kit that we bought from Lowe's Home Improvement.
Then we had to try them all out! (I didn't take pictures of all of them!)
They look even better at night! I love how the light shines through all of the little holes!
This project is fun, different, and can be done in very little time! I have already started thinking about other items that I can use for lights! Pretty much anything that can have a hole drilled in the top/bottom would be perfect for a project like this! Now two of our colanders are patiently waiting in The Sleepy Poet to find their perfect home.